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2011 Alumni Awards Banquet

Join Oakland University alumni and friends at the 17th annual Alumni Awards Banquet to honor those who have achieved success in business, community services, volunteerism and more. The celebration will also include special recognition of previous alumni award recipients. 

Alumni Awards Banquet
Saturday, November 5, 2011
6 p.m. Reception
7 p.m. Dinner and Program
Oakland Center Banquet Rooms

Tickets are $100 per person . Table sponsorships are available for $1000 (10 seats).

Contact Information:                                                   
Christina Simon                                                            
Program and Event Specialist                                         

The 2011 Alumni Awards recipients are listed below.

Distinguished Alumni Service Award
Michael K. Stamper, SHS ‘83 
Senior Manager, Occupational Safety and Ergonomic Processes, Chrysler LLC 

The Distinguished Alumni Service Award is Oakland’s highest alumni honor. It recognizes peerless volunteer leadership in service to OU or its alumni association.

Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
Joseph A. Gardella Jr., CAS ‘77 
Larkin Professor of Chemistry, State University of New York - Buffalo 

The Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award recognizes outstanding professional achievement or contribution to the community.

Odyssey Award
Michelle Franzen Martin, CAS ’99  
Senior Information Officer, Alumni Communications,
and Editor, Wayne State Magazine

Brent Vasicek, SEHS ‘04
Teacher, Chippewa Valley School District 

The Odyssey Award honors alumni whose lives exemplify Oakland University’s motto to “seek virtue and knowledge.”

Spirit Award
Jason Ryska, SECS '95, ‘97
Plant Manager, Warren Truck Chrysler Group 

The Spirit Award recognizes exemplary volunteer service to the university.

Alumni Community Service Award
Stefen Welch, CAS ‘05 
Operations Manager, Adult Well-Being Services 

The Alumni Community Service Award recognizes distinctive service of a humanitarian nature or citizenship through community, public, or OU service activities.

Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Adam Kochenderfer, CAS ’02
Attorney, Wolfson Bolton PLLC

The Outstanding Young Alumni Award recognizes alumni who have demonstrated the worth of their education through their post-college achievements and, generally, have graduated within the last ten years.

Honorary Alumni Award 
Timothy F. Healy 
President and COO, TK Holdings, Inc. TAKATA

Moon Jae Pak
Doctor of Internal Medicine, Oakwood Medical Center  

The Honorary Alumni Awards are given to individuals who have not graduated from OU, but who have given outstanding service to the university.